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Peter R. Schmidt was honored by the World Archaeological Congress (WAC) August 30 at a special plenary session at WAC-8 in Kyoto, Japan. He was awarded the prestigious Peter Ucko Memorial Award. He was also unanimously selected to give the Peter Ucko Memorial Lecture, an additional honor. The President of WAC, Koji Mizoguchi, when conferring the award, said: “I am honored and privileged to announce that the Peter Ucko Memorial Award recipient at WAC-8 Kyoto […]

Peter R. Schmidt Receives the Peter Ucko Memorial Award

The last of the filmed plenaries at WAC-8, the Indigenous Plenary was a discussion of archaeology, history, and heritage by members of local communities from Hawaii to Pakistan to Japan and more. Please enjoy the videos: Koji Mizoguchi Tadashi Kato Paul Tapsell Sayed Gul Kalash Aulii Mitchell Dorothy Lippert

WAC Indigenous Plenary

At the eighth World Archaeological Congress Conference in Kyoto a plenary was run to examine WAC thirty years after its creation. The talks by the distinguished speakers from other archaeological organisations and societies were recorded are now available for viewing: Koji Mizoguchi   Mónica Berón Jean Bourgeois Diane Gifford Gonzalez Catherine Frieman Glenn Summerhayes Ndukuyakhe Ndlovu    

WAC at 30

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JOAN M. GERO 1944-2016 The world became a lesser place with the passing of Professor Joan Gero on 14th July, 2016. Professor Gero was an eminent scholar in the socio-politics of archaeology, the archaeology of gender, archaeological ethics and South American archaeology. With Margaret Conkey, she co-edited the seminal volume Engendering Archaeology: Women and Prehistory, published by Basil Blackwell in 1991 and re-printed six times. Her most recent publications include ‘The Evolution of Happiness” (with […]

Joan M. Gero 1944-2016

MEDIA RELEASE: 22nd June, 2016 PROTECTION OF THE AREA OF KAVO SIDERO IN EAST CRETE 22 June, 2016 The World Archaeological Congress (WAC) expresses its serious concern about the planned building of a Luxury Golf Resort by the Loyalward Ltd, a subsidiary of the British company “Minoan Group”, in the area of Kavo Sidero in East Crete. This area, designated by the European Union as a NATURA 2000 site in need of special protection and […]

Protection of the Area of Kavo Sidero in East Crete

Nominations are now closed. Notice is hereby given of the call for nomination for a number of places as regional representatives, identified below, on the Council of WAC. The Council is the main governing body of WAC between meetings of the WAC Assembly (the Assembly only meets during major WAC Congresses). Full details of the role, responsibilities, and make-up of the Council are given in Article 9 of the Statutes which is appended below for […]

Call for nomination to the Council of the World Archaeological ...

Notice is hereby given of the call for expressions of interest to stand as WAC Executive Officers. The elections will be held during the next WAC International Conference: WAC-8 Kyoto in Japan. The Executive is the main governing body of WAC between meetings of Council. It administers the affairs of WAC in accordance with its statutes, the decisions and policy of the Assembly, and the decisions of Council. The Executive has full power to take […]

Call for expressions of interest to stand as Executive Officers ...

Peter Ucko was the founding father of the World Archaeological Congress. Following his untimely death in June 2007, The Peter Ucko Archaeological Trust was set up by his many friends and colleagues. In recognition of the unique contribution that Peter made to WAC and world archaeology the Trust provides funding for: People to attend WAC conferences who would otherwise be unable to participate; The Peter Ucko Memorial Lecture; and The Peter Ucko Award. Decisions regarding […]

The Peter Ucko Archaeological Trust

WAC and the Local Organizing Committee of the Eighth World Archaeological Congress invite you to join WAC-8 in Kyoto, a traditional Japanese capital with incredible cultural heritage.

WAC-8 First Circular

  Media Release: 9 March 2015 PROTECTION OF HERITAGE IN IRAQ   The Executive Committee and members of the World Archaeological Congress (WAC) join other archaeological and cultural heritage organizations in denouncing the recent destruction of ancient artifacts at the Mosul Museum and architecture at Nimrud in Iraq. As noted in the recently published WAC Dead Sea Accord on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, it is a foundational belief […]

WAC Statement on Mosul and Nimrud Destruction

The World Archaeological Congress announces the adoption a new accord: “WAC Accord on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.” The accord was originally proposed as a resolution to the WAC Assembly in WAC-7 Dead Sea, Jordan in January 2013. The general membership was consulted in April and May 2013, and a WAC Inter-Congress, jointly organized by The American University of Rome, Blue Shield, University of Vienna and University of Newcastle, […]

WAC Dead Sea Accord Announcement